Opponents of the two-nation theory need to be held answerable now

Opponents of the two-nation theory need to be held answerable now
Modi's games will prove to be very expensive for India, the images of these riots will be burned into the conscious of the nation.

Imran Yaqub Khan

What was the purpose of the Delhi riots that were deliberately staged when President Donald Trump was visiting the Indian capital? The purpose was to squelch the protests against India’s controversial citizenship bill. While the streets of the old city were being bathed in Muslim blood, the federal government of BJP and the local government of AAP were missing from the scene. With political leaders absent from the scene, the riots quickly turned into a genocide. As of last count, the number of dead stands at 47, with many bodies fished out from drains this week. Dozens of houses were burnt to ashes. Mosques and shrines were not spared during the onslaught. Muslims were forced to migrate to safer shores.

Late into the night, the High Court had to intervene and order alternate routes be opened for ambulances to transfer the injured to hospitals. Justice Murlidhar of the Delhi High Court took the government to task, accused the police of being silent spectators and warned that riots reminiscent of 1984 would not be repeated. But he had to pay a high price for standing by the truth as he was transferred to Haryana before the night was over.

This transfer laid bare the truth behind the entire saga. Modi government did not want an impartial court to intervene in their planned massacre. Autopsies of the dead also revealed the truth, as did Indian journalists who went bravely into the riots to expose the real story. The glass bottles used to make petrol bombs were bought in advance. The goons who attacked Muslims, and their guns, were brought in from neighboring Uttar Pradesh which is ruled by Muslim-hating terrorist Yogi Adityanath.

Had this plan been hatched during the Delhi elections? BJP candidate Parvesh Singh Verma had said in a rally that he would destroy mosques and graveyards from Delhi as they were built on encroached land. His speech is ample proof of what the BJP wanted to unleash.

The ugly truth about today’s India is that the BJP stands to benefit the most when Hindu-Muslim clashes take place. Therefore they desire it the most, too. A few days before the Delhi elections, Modi and the administration of Gujrat were cleared of all accusations in the 2002 Gujrat riots. The timing of this report was no coincidence, neither was the entry of Pragya Thakur, a convicted terrorist, into the BJP.

The three days that Delhi burnt, Modi remained busy in receptions for Trump. Amit Shah’s police actively took part in the pogrom, in one video, it can be seen shouting at injured Muslim men, “How does this freedom feel?” Of course, the police too had heard the slogans BJP had raised during the campaign for Delhi elections, branding those who were protesting the citizenship bill, “traitors.”

Eerily reminiscent of the 1984 riots or the 2002 riots, the new upheavel has an added sinister factor. A compliant and complacent police can propel any violence into proportions we have hitherto not seen before. In his second tenure, Modi has deepened religious divides in India.

Those that said we have buried the two-nation theory in Bay of Bengal are today playing up the same ideology. And what is the opinion of the intellectuals in Pakistan who insisted that we move on ahead from the two-nation theory?

As for Modi, he has ridden into power on the flames of Hindu-Muslim divide and hatred. His games will prove to be very expensive for India, the images of these riots will be burned into the conscious of the nation.